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Elbit Systems wins maritime patrol aircraft payload contract

18th May 2011 - 06:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Elbit Systems Ltd. announced today that it was awarded a contract to supply an Asian country with dozens of CoMPASS (Compact Multi Purpose Advanced Stabilized System) payloads for maritime patrol aircraft. The Asian country, which operates one of the largest maritime patrol fleets in the world, has selected the CoMPASS payload as a solution to protect its coastlines.

The contract, valued at approximately $20 million, is scheduled to be completed within two years. The CoMPASS payload, developed and manufactured by Elbit Systems Electro-optics Elop Ltd. ("Elop"), is already installed onboard hundreds of platforms including Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS).

Belonging to the 15-inch payload family, the CoMPASS includes an advanced thermal imaging system, laser range designator and a day channel, allowing optimal ISTAR (intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance) capabilities even in adverse weather conditions. The payload, integrated into the aircraft's mission systems, such as the maritime patrol radar and the Command and Control systems, provides the crew with enhanced mission capabilities.

Adi Dar, Elop's General Manager, commented: "We are proud to be selected to perform this project, attesting to the customer's satisfaction with the high quality and performance of our previously supplied systems. Maritime patrol systems, for both airborne and naval applications, play a vital role in protecting the coastal shores of many countries around the world, and we trust that additional countries will follow in selecting our advanced solutions". Dar also noted: "Due to the recent increasing demand, Elop has doubled the quantity of payloads manufactured for integration onboard maritime patrol platforms."

Source: Elbit Systems

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